(Looking for fiction submissions? Go here.)

The Waking is Ruminate Magazine’s online publication space. We’re looking for short-form work that is holy, nutritious, and crucial. Work that questions, that shakes off easily won meaning, that is rooted in image, specific moment or memory, that, as Bernard Cooper says “magnif[ies] some small aspect of what it means to be human.” We seek to publish work that invites us into the moment: a pause, an in-between, an opening. 

What do we mean by nonfiction/hybrid work? In addition to traditional nonfiction, we're looking for your:

  • lyric essays
  • flash essays
  • prose poems
  • image/text hybrids
  • ruminations (formerly our blog post category)
  • etc.

We prefer submissions that are less than 1500 words but won’t rule out work that's a tad longer. 

We are particularly excited about sharing voices that aren't often heard (BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and other historically marginalized groups).

In your cover letter, please designate the genre of your submission (flash nonfiction, lyric essay, ruminations, etc.). 

Simultaneous submissions are fine. Please withdraw your piece on Submittable if it has been accepted elsewhere. 

If your work is accepted: 

Part of the ethos of our magazine is working collaboratively with our writers to illuminate their lovely work! Most pieces we accept go through a revision process beyond line editing. 

We are also excited to now offer our published writers an honorarium of $10 and a complimentary back issue of our print magazine (normally $15 each)!

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.